Arctic and Antarctic sea ice at record low in January: UN

A polar bear keeps close to her young along the Beaufort Sea coast in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.
A polar bear keeps close to her young along the Beaufort Sea coast in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.PHOTO: REUTERS

GENEVA (Reuters) - The extent of sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctic last month was the lowest on record for January, the UN World Meteorological Organisation said on Friday (Feb 17), while concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit a record level.

"The missing ice in both poles has been quite extraordinary," David Carlson, Director of the World Climate Research Programme, told a UN briefing in Geneva.